Trayf

by Lindsay Joelle

Arts & Culture

Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the Rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out ‘Mitzvah Tank’ through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack until he must choose once and for all where he belongs.

Trayf is a staged reading of a new play by Lindsay Joelle, directed by Adam Lenson. 

‘Joelle's comedy is easygoing and confident, and her people have soul.’ - Washington Post

‘[Joelle] is able to dive into issues such as faith, identity, friendship, and purpose, with a clarity and introspection rarely seen onstage.’ – BroadwayWorld

Lindsay Joelle is a New York City-based playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Plays include Trayf (Theater J, Penguin Rep), The Garbologists (EST/Sloan Commission), A Small History of Amal, Age 7 (Forward Flux) and The Princess of Riverside Drive (libretto, Vital Theater). She was the 2018 National New Play Network writer-in-residence at Denver’s Curious Theatre and received the Rita Goldberg Award for Graduate Playwriting, Irving Zarkower Award, and Anne Freedman Grant. Her work has been developed at: PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Lark, The New Georges Jam, Luna Stage, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, and ESPA/Primary Stages. Alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Columbia University (BA), and Hunter (MFA) where she studied under the mentorship of Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit and Samuel D. Hunter. 

Adam Lenson is a director and dramaturg specialising in new and experimental musical theatre. Directing includes: The Rink (Southwark Playhouse), The Storm (Helios Collective/ENO),  Superhero (Southwark Playhouse), Lock and Key (Vault Festival), 35mm (The Other Palace), Whisper House (The Other Palace), Songs For A New World (St James Theatre, 20th Anniversary Production), The Sorrows of Satan (Tristan Bates Theatre), Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt), Dark Tourism (Park Theatre), Ghost : The Musical (GSA), See What I Wanna See (Jermyn Street Theatre), Reel Life (Ustinov Theatre Bath and St James Studio), The Goodbye Girl (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), West End Recast (Duke of York’s Theatre, Phoenix Theatre), Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios), Little Fish and Saturn Returns (Finborough Theatre), Come Fly With Me (Salisbury Playhouse), The Dead Guy (English Theatre Frankfurt) and The Family (Old Vic US/UK Exchange, Public Theater, NY). Adam is the founder of SIGNAL a quarterly residency at London’s Hospital Club that presents the best new experimental British musical theatre. He is a co-founder of the New Musical Development Collective which recently finished its first year’s writers lab at Theatre Royal Stratford East. He hosts and produces the podcast Dischord in which he discusses and debates musical theatre.

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Add to Calendar 07/02/2019 19:30:00 07/02/2019 19:30:00 Trayf Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the Rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out ‘Mitzvah Tank’ through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack until he must choose once and for all where he belongs. Trayf is a staged reading of a new play by Lindsay Joelle, directed by Adam Lenson.  JW3 DD/MM/YYYY

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